Camping in Arctic mountains of a National Park with very beautiful weather, Sweden.
There is a law in Sweden called Allmansrätten, translated as ‘Every Man’s Right’. This law entitles everyone access to any wild area or country side.
This enables people to walk into forests and even the lands of private property, to enjoy outdoor activities in a manner that is respectable and considerate for that privilege. It is understood that one will not disturb or destroy the natural environment.
The following are some outdoor activities:
•All non-Swedish fishermen are required to have a fishing licence unless they are fishing with hand gear in public waters. It is unlawful to fish within 100 meters of stationery fishing equipment or a fish farm. Fishing from a private jetty may be allowed when the jetty is not next to someone’s house and if the fisherman or fisherwoman gives respectful priority to the owner of the jetty for their personal use.
•National parks and protected areas may have their own restrictions, yet generally it is ok to pick berries, mushrooms and flowers in the wild. It is recommended to seek advice on what species are protected or vulnerable and to not disturb or pick those species. Different areas may have different protected or vulnerable species, so always check with local authorities. To not disturb a protected plant or animal is quite extensively applied, even when that particular species is on your private property.
•Live wood is basically any wood on a living growing tree. No one is allowed to cut branches or trunks of a tree or even carve the bark of a tree, as this is damaging and destroying a valuable aspect of Swedish natural environment. When out camping, a person may gather cones, fallen branches and twigs to build a safe camp fire;yet it is unlawful to gather live wood. Although a fallen tree is dead, dead trees are important habitats for wildlife and are left alone and intact.
•While camping, the lighting of camp fires is allowed under precautionary measures, as the risk of damage and runaway fires may happen. The dry summers in the forests are an ideal setting for runaway fires. Never light fires next to a rock, as a dry rock may crack and scar while a wet rock may crack and explode. National parks and protected areas may have special regulations on the use of camping fires and sometimes a ban may be imposed when the risk of fires is high.
•It is lawful to camp out in the wild natural settings at one site for a night or two, not longer. The pitching of tents on farmland or near houses, when out camping is not allowed. Sometimes there may be a private estate (not used for farming) and in such a case you may pitch your tent without permission from the landowner. Then you must ensure that you are out of sight of any houses, and remove all your litter with you after your maximum stay of two nights. You may dig a hole 15 centimetres deep to bury toilet waste 50 meters away from houses, water sources and camping sites.
Camp near Áhpparjávri